Mitchell K. Hall

Mitchell K. Hall took his Ph.D. in recent United States history from the University of Kentucky in 1987. He taught for two years at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis before arriving at CMU in 1989. He is the former editor of the journal Peace & Change, and is a past president of the Peace History Society.

Office: Powers 210
Phone: (989) 774–3807
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Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Hall’s research and teaching deal primarily with the 1945–1975 era. He is most interested in social movements and the links between domestic politics and foreign policy issues. His first two books, Because of Their Faith: CALCAV and Religious Opposition to the Vietnam War and The Vietnam War, address these issues. More recently his research and teaching interests have expanded to include modern American popular culture. His 2005 book, Crossroads: American Popular Culture and the Vietnam Generation, surveys postwar film, television, sports, and music. More recently he wrote a historical dictionary of the Nixon and Ford administrations and edited a collection of original essays on the social history of the Vietnam War era. His current project is The Emergence of Rock and Roll: The Rise of American Youth Culture for Routledge Press. Dr. Hall’s articles deal with antiwar activities, student political activism, and links between religious faith and attitudes toward war in the twentieth century. Among the undergraduate courses he teaches on a regular basis are The Vietnam War, The United States since World War II, and The Rock and Roll Era.

Selected Publications

The Emergence of Rock and Roll: The Rise of American Youth Culture (New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2014).

The Vietnam War Era: People and Perspectives (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2009).

Historical Dictionary of the Nixon-Ford Administrations (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008).

Crossroads: American Popular Culture and the Vietnam Generation (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

The Vietnam War (London: Longman Publishers, 2000; second edition 2007). Italian edition, La Guerra del Vietnam (Bologna: Societa editrice il Mulino, 2003).​​

Current Courses​

Fall 2015

  • HST 315 - The Vietnam War
  • HST 319 - The US Since World War II​
  • HST 491 - Independent Research
  • HST 498 - Honors Thesis
  • HST 590 - Readings in History
  • HST 619 - Continuing Registration for Final Research Project
  • HST 690 - Advanced Readings​
  • HST 695 - Special Studies Abroad
  • HST 700A - Practicum in College Teaching
  • HST 791 - Graduate Research
  • HST 795 - Seminar Abroad
  • HST 798A - Thesis
  • HST 890 - Doctoral Readings
  • HST 898 - Dissertation​